The J.D. Admissions Office actively seeks to connect and partner with other organizations and programs to strengthen, support, and diversify the pipeline to law school. We have several longstanding partnerships and are always exploring other possibilities.
- PPIA (Public Policy and International Affairs) Junior Summer Institute, with the Goldman School of Public Policy
- Graduate Horizons
- CYDL (Center for Youth Development Through Law)
- G.I.G.S. (Getting into Graduate School)
- Pipeline to Law (coming in 2016)
High School Outreach
Often classes, programs, or law academies at local high schools are interested in having their students visit the campus and learn more about the law school experience. The Admissions Office supports these efforts by working with the teacher or school to design and tailor a visit (half-day or full-day) that will be helpful and meaningful to the students. Due to the high degree of customization, we can only accommodate 1-2 visits per semester. Requests can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
In the 15-16 academic year, we hosted: Pinole Valley High School (Law & Justice Academy), and DeAnza High School Law Academy.
We also participate in or support in various ways with other outreach programs, and our fee waiver program is designed to facilitate these relationships.
UC Public Policy and International Affairs (UCPPIA) Law Fellows Program
2016 dates: June 12 – July 29
Application deadline: Nov 1
- Take a Public Policy and Law course, in addition to the required Policy Analysis, Economics and Quantitative Methods courses..This course is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills of reading case law, analyzing judicial decisions, and discussing relevant policy topics within a legal framework. This course will begin with an introductory framework for policy and legal analysis followed by week-long modules that focus on important policy and legal topics taught by faculty members from Berkeley Law.
- Receive GRE and LSAT preparation materials.
- Are guaranteed an application fee waiver for the J.D. program at Berkeley Law.
- Attend career development workshops (including resume workshops) fellowship opportunities and a networking events.
- Hear from advocates working in law/public policy areas such as immigration and human rights, education, health, environmental regulation, policing, housing, etc.
- Participate in field trips geared toward introducing participants to the different aspects of policy-making and legal advocacy, and the various careers associated with these fields.
- Partake in extracurricular activities intended to create a foundation for successful group dynamics among PPIA faculty, staff and fellow participants
- Participate in a series of sessions focused on navigating the J.D. application process, with special emphasis on writing the Personal Statement and Financial Aid.
- Visit and tour Berkeley Law, and attend and information session with the Dean of Admissions.
- Full tuition to attend U.C. Berkeley PPIA Junior Summer Institute, plus a stipend. Includes room & board in one of the U.C. Berkeley dormitories.
- Minimum of $5,000 in gift aid (scholarship or grant) guaranteed toward graduate/law school tuition. UCPPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum.
- Eligibility for paid internships and other professional development opportunities through PPIA.
Application criteria and guidelines for PPIA:
- Be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident or meet California State AB-540 guidelines (must have attended a California high school for at least 3 full years and you must have graduated from a California high school).
- Must have completed junior year of college by the start of Junior Summer Institute (JSI) and have at least one full semester or two quarters of coursework remaining before graduation.
- Have a demonstrated interest in policy issues most affecting historically under-served communities, including African Americans, Asian American/South Asians, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Latino/as, and have a commitment to working on these issues, as shown by past and/or current service.
- Have demonstrated academic or personal growth in spite of difficult learning and/or living environments.
- Have potential for study at a U.C. graduate program or at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools in public policy, public administration and/or international affairs.
- Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations and other related programs.
- Must contribute to the diversity of perspectives.
- Economic need is given consideration.
- All academic majors are welcome to apply.
Applicants for the Law Fellows program must ALSO:
- Submit a one-page statement explaining: a) the reasons for wanting to pursue joint degrees in law and public policy; b) the skills that the candidate wishes to acquire; c) and how the candidate will use those skills to further his/her public service goals.